Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Schofield -- Three teams from western Wisconsin are headed to the WIAA State Football Finals after Level 4 playoff wins.
In Division 6, Eau Claire Regis and St. Mary's Springs (Fond du Lac) will kick it off at 1:00 P.M. , Thursday, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The Ramblers are making their fourth appearance in the state finals, they won a title in 2003, and were runners-up in 2002 and 2009. Regis has shut out five opponents this season.
St. Mary's Springs is also unbeaten. The Ledgers have outscored their opponents by a total of 597-59.
"They're a top-notch program," says Regis head coach Bryant Brenner, "but I really like how our defense is playing. Who knows, if we can hang on to the football, maybe we can play with them."
Regis senior tight end Nick Stanke says, "It's the greatest feeling in the world and I know I can speak for the rest of the seniors, they've worked so hard. This whole team has worked so hard. We're so happy that we were rewarded with this trip down to Madison."
Somerset is headed to the state finals for the fifth time in school history. The Spartans won a state title in 2002, and finished second in '04, '05, and '11.
"The kids came out this year and they wanted to make shirt that said 'Somerset Football, 2012, Finish It,' " says Somerset head coach Bruce Larson, "I don't know what else that could mean, and now that's our job, we're going to back to Madison and we're going to try to finish what we didn't finish last year, and you know, if we do we do, and if we don't we don't, but I tell you what, we're going to show up Thursday with everything we have."
Somerset squares off against 12-0 Big Foot at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, in the Division 4 State Championship. The Chiefs have beaten their opponents by an average margin of 36 points per game.
Glenwood City is capping off a remarkable turnaround with a trip to the state finals. The Hilltoppers finished 1-8 last season. Glenwood City won state titles in 1985 and 1997, and head coach Shane Strong says this team has embraced the Toppers' tradition.
"Last year," says Glenwood City head coach Shane Strong, "halfway through the season, we chose to bring those juniors up as sophomores, we were starting five of them and playing seven of them, they took their lumps, all winter long, all spring, all summer, they put the time in the weight room, we knew we had the talent, we just had to put it together."
The Division 7 title game between Glenwood City vs. Potosi, is set for 10:00 A.M., Thursday. The Chieftains are in the state finals for the first time in school history.
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